No time to dillydally at Madison Crescent in Gainesville, VA.

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Dillydallyers be warned! The housing market is surging, homebuilder confidence is the strongest it has been in 7 ½ years (according to Reuters), and there are only a few homes remaining at Madison Crescent in Gainesville, Virginia.

So if you are serious about getting a fabulous new townhome just steps from Harris Teeter, less than a mile from Wegman’s, and minutes from I-66, you might want to spend a little less time reading this blog and a little more time getting in your car and visiting Madison Crescent.

Here’s what you’ll find when you arrive. A 3-level decorated model with lots of windows and open, airy living spaces, a gorgeous kitchen with granite, stainless steel, and a gleaming center island, a huge recreation room with separate office, and 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and detached 2-car garage.

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You’ll also find very attractive prices on the final homes, which are available for quick delivery. There were 5 homes remaining but now there are only 3 and they’ve all been reduced during Miller & Smith’s Final Countdown at Madison Crescent. For example, one home that was priced in the $400s (Homesite 208) in now selling for $386,460.

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You could wait until the weekend to visit, but frankly, given the limited number of homes remaining, you should probably just take a personal day or schedule a doctor’s appointment in Gainesville (wink, wink).

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Your overflowing inbox will still be there tomorrow. These homes, however, may not be.

For more information and driving directions to the community, click here.

Prepping your home for sale.

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One of the dangers of visiting our models is you may come away with a homework assignment—the sudden need to sell your current home so you can become a Miller & Smith homeowner.

We’re not going to sugar coat it. Prepping your home for sale isn’t fun, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm you or eat up all of your free time from now until moving day.

Follow these simple tips to get your current home ready and keep your eyes on the prize—a brand new Miller & Smith home to call your own.

Tip 1. Cut the cord.

Once you decide to sell your home, get yourself mentally prepared to move on. Visualize yourself handing over the keys to the new owners and take comfort knowing that they will love it just as much as you did.

Tip 2. Take down family photos and personal mementos.

It’s difficult for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in your home if the walls are covered with your family photos and keepsakes. Remember, you want them picturing their own photos hanging on the walls, which isn’t easy to do with your kids, dog, and crazy Uncle Gus staring back at them.

Tip 3. De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter.

As much as you adore your display of antique salt and pepper shakers and all of the furniture that your relatives have passed down to you, they’re not going to help sell your home. In fact, they may hurt. Clutter does nothing but shrink your space in the eyes of a buyer.

Tip 4. Organize closets, pantries and other storage areas.

Storage is a hugely desirable feature in any home so you should do whatever you can to emphasize it. Box up clothes that you rarely use and toss out those half-eaten boxes of cereal that are just taking up space in your pantry. You might even consider renting a storage space so you can thin out your attic, basement and garage. You’re going to have to do it eventually, so why not jump on it now and reap the rewards in both time and money.

Tip 5. Spring clean like you’ve never spring cleaned before.

Nothing makes a bad first impression like a dirty, dingy home. So make sure yours is as clean as possible prior to putting it on the market.

  • Wash all of your windows (inside and out)
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks
  • Re-grout or bleach old, dirty grout
  • Clean all mirrors and polish all fixtures
  • Clean all rugs and carpeting and vacuum daily
  • Clean your hardwood floors
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures

Larry’s all business until the party starts.

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Larry Payne is the Construction Superintendent for Miller & Smith’s Single Family Homes at Brambleton in Ashburn, Virginia. He has been with Miller & Smith for over 8 years now and is a big reason for Miller & Smith’s ongoing success at Brambleton.

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“When you’re with one company year after year after year, all of the quality control systems and processes in place become second nature,” said Larry. “Consistency is key. When a customer falls in love with a Miller & Smith model, they can feel confident that their own home will be built to the same high standards.”

If you ask Larry the key to being a good Superintendent, he’ll say you need three things: a good head, good ears and eyes that can see into the future.

“You need a good head to keep all of your subcontractors coordinated and on schedule,” said Larry. “You also have to be a good listener, so you can anticipate homeowners concerns and address them before they become problems. And you need to be able to look into the future and project possible conflicts or delays so you already have a back-up plan long before you need it.”

That’s not to say that delays never happen on Larry’s watch, but you can rest assured that he and his team are doing everything in their power to deliver homes on time. More often than not, homebuyers recognize this and appreciate everything Larry does to make the construction process smooth and enjoyable. They even invite Larry over to celebrate.

“On several occasions, homeowners have invited me to their parties,” said Larry. “It feels good knowing how much they appreciate the hard work that goes into their home.”

To see Larry’s dedication at work today, visit the Noble Pointe Collection at Brambleton. Click here for directions.

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Live from the bigger, bolder, mobile-friendlier

If you’ve been a fan of Miller & Smith for more than a few weeks, then you’re probably already aware that our website just underwent a major overhaul.

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We started by giving the site a facelift, creating a cleaner, more contemporary look that should also make sifting through the information a lot easier.

We also nipped and tucked the back end of the site, completely redeveloping it so that it works well for all you house hunters on the go using a tablet or smart phone.

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We know that our buyers love to look at home photos so we improved our galleries by enlarging the photos quite a bit.

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We also created a new section called M&S 360, which is a more contemporary take on the traditional “About Us” section. Our plan is to add to this section so that it becomes an ever-growing, ever-scrollable look at what makes a Miller & Smith home a Miller & Smith home.

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Hope you like the changes and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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